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Feb 27

Last Chance to Watch & Win TONIGHT on Farm Kings

Farm Kings -- Watch & Win Sweepstakes

February’s almost over and that means this is your last week to win during our “King of the Week Watch & Win Sweepstakes.” Tune in to Farm Kings TONIGHT, starting at 8/7c, to get the exclusive on-air code. You could win $2,000!

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But that’s not all– we’re also giving away Farm Kings calendars on Twitter! Starting at 8/7c, we’ll give away one calendar an hour for the next eight hours. See the official rules below. Continue Reading


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Jan 2

Farm Kings Q&A: Lisa King on Motivating Children with Down Syndrome

Lisa King and Ben King from the Great American Country Series Farm Kings

Lisa King and her son, Ben King, from the Great American Country Series Farm Kings.

On tonight’s all-new episode of Farm Kings at 9/8c, Joe tasks his mom Lisa and sister Bitty with running a fitness competition to inspire Freedom Farms’ loyal customers to buy local, eat healthy and get fit. The King family practices what they preach. The hardworking farm lifestyle comes naturally to them — but Lisa admits it’s sometimes a bit of a challenge to keep her youngest son, Ben, who has Down syndrome, active.

“Sometimes it’s very difficult to motivate children with Down syndrome,” says Lisa. “You give birth to nine other children who are very athletic, and then you have this child that you have to push and encourage. It’s a struggle for Ben.”

To make exercise fun, Lisa and Bitty started walking Ben down to the family pond with the incentive of feeding their ducks.

“Since we’ve started taking these walks with Ben, he’s lost about five pounds,” adds Lisa.”That just shows me that if I can inspire Ben to lose weight, I can inspire a whole group.” With Ben as her motivation, Lisa aims to inspire her family of customers to eat right and exercise. And she continues to find ways to challenge Ben to stay fit.

“I want to see [Ben] active,” says Lisa. “I want to see him healthy. I want him to outlive me.”

Over the past couple seasons of Farm Kings, we’ve received many questions from viewers regarding Lisa and Ben. This week we gave them the opportunity to ask some of those questions themselves! Here’s our Q&A with Lisa:

From Temperance Winfield via Facebook:
I have a 37-year-old Down syndrome brother who is the light of our lives. What do you do to keep Ben active and involved outside of the house & how do you manage that with such a busy work schedule?

Lisa: One of my hardest tasks is getting Ben outside, but he does simple things like taking the trash out and walking to the mail box. I manage with such a busy work schedule because whenever I’m busy he’s busy.

From Jane McClurg via Facebook:
Lisa, do you and your family ever receive negative reactions while in public, and if so, how have you found it’s best to deal with that?

Lisa: No, I haven’t received negative reactions in public but if I would’ve just stay positive because I know I can’t make everyone happy.

From Jamie Barker via Facebook:
Does Ben struggle in front of the camera?

Lisa: Haha, He actually  loves being in front of the camera, sometimes we actually have to tell him that’s enough.

From From Jamie Barker via Facebook:
What’s his (Ben’s) favorite thing to do?

Lisa: Ben’s favorite thing to do is to sing and dance to Big Time Rush.

From iMomma_B via Twitter:
Lisa, where or when did you develop your “can do” positive attitude and never say “I can’” spirit?

Lisa: I always had the “can do” attitude. “Can’t” hasn’t done anything good for me.

From Gail Atkinson via Facebook:
Seeing shows where your family does events for Special Olympics, is Ben involved in any sports with SO?

Lisa: Ben has just joined hockey this year and is very excited. Also, he seems interested  in bowling, so I’m looking into that sport more.

From Anthony Park via Facebook:
I know that you love Ben a lot. What has been the biggest challenge of raising a son with special needs, or do you find it challenging at all?

Lisa: The most challenging thing for me would be going through medical procedures with Ben but it is gradually getting better. It is hard to complain about the icing on nine layered cake.

From Gloria Harvell via Facebook:
How do you handle your children’s disagreements?

Lisa: I listen to their disagreements and I try to show the other side of the story. I always say this too will pass.

From Lorye Sholes via Facebook:

Your children are ALL so polite and well mannered. How did you do it?

Lisa: I expect them to be that way, I always told them to BE POLITE OR I’M GOING TO BITE.

To coincide with tonight’s episode, we’ve teamed up with the National Down Syndrome Society to provide you with facts regarding Down syndrome. Follow along with us tonight on Twitter — @gactv. Also, don’t forget to check in to tonight’s sticker, featuring Lisa & Ben!


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Dec 19

10 Reasons to Watch the Farm Kings Season Premiere

A few of us at Great American Country want you to know why tonight’s Season 3 Premiere of Farm Kings is a must-see.

1. Pie Puking! Car Crashing! Romance! — Jen Moore, Supervising Producer

2. Because the holidays are stressful so you should sit back and enjoy the view.–Sarah Herron, Site Manager

Farm Kings Season 3

This one too…
Season 3 Farm Kings

3. Catch up on their fabulous hairstyles. — Jen Leitman, SVP of Marketing and Creative Services

4. Whitest teeth on TV. — Renee McNeill, Creative Services Coordinator, Resident Shirtless Guys Expert

5. A season of King flings, rings and all things farming.–Anonymous, a.k.a The Dr. Seuss of Marketing

6. See how Joe fares in the demolition derby! — Eric Jensen, Marketing Manager

7. Renee’s Game: Take a drink every time Tim delivers a monotone line to the camera.

8. Seriously, this happens a lot. (You’re welcome. — Sarah)

Farm Kings Season 3

9. Beefcake, baby! –Paul Lewis, Director of Programming & Development

10. You’ll actually fall in love with the whole family (we certainly did)!

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Dec 12

Great American Country Renews Hit Original Series Farm Kings for Third Season

Great American Country Renews Hit Original Series Farm Kings for Third Season

Season 3 of Farm Kings premieres Thursday, December 19 at 9/8c on Great American Country.

Great American Country has renewed its original television series Farm Kings for a third season, the network announced today. A strong ratings performer that year to date has registered nearly 13 million primetime viewers according to Nielsen, Farm Kings celebrates family, food and home while chronicling the hard-working lives of a real, authentic, American farm family near Pittsburgh, PA: the Kings of Freedom Farms, a big, broad-shouldered group of nine brothers, one sister and a dynamic mother. Season three launches on Thursday, December 19 at 9pm ET/8c on Great American Country.

Farm Kings has steadily grown its fan base and viewership over the first two seasons,” said Sarah Trahern, senior vice president and general manager of Great American Country. “Viewers genuinely relate to this family’s honest hard work and dedication to the farm and each other.”

For the King family, the goal is simple – to make farming cool again. With that in mind, cameras follow the Kings into their fields, their homes and their various business units – including retail markets where they sell their wares and a bakery – to showcase the grueling, 24/7 work schedule of this American family out to support themselves and each other off the land and the sweat of their own brow. But hard work alone doesn’t pay the bills, as Mother Nature always has the final say.

Following a second season of both trials and triumphs – including the creation of a 2014 calendar starring Continue Reading


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Nov 26

Farm Kings Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe: Lisa’s Next-Day Casserole

Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe from Lisa King
The Farm Kings matriarch Lisa King shared her Thanksgiving leftovers recipe secret…
No matter how big your family gets, having leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner is inevitable. You cook so much food for Thanksgiving because you want to be sure that no one you love leaves the table hungry. The next day, however, your refrigerator is overflowing with Tupperware containers and Ziploc bags stuffed with leftovers.

Rather than simply reheat each dish individually, transform your leftovers into a delicious casserole with this quick and easy recipe. Continue Reading


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Sep 5

GAC’s Farm Kings Talk Working Hard, Meeting Fans & Going Shirtless on Inside Edition

The Farm Kings season finale airs Thursday, September 5 at 9/8c on GAC.

The Farm Kings season finale airs Thursday, September 5 at 9/8c on GAC.

Since the debut of the hit series Farm Kings, the King family has seen their business grow, with their status as “America’s Sexiest Farmers” bringing them many new customers and fans. GAC’s favorite farming family was recently interviewed on Inside Edition where they talked about how the show has changed their lives — and the real reason behind shedding those shirts!

Watch their interview below: Continue Reading


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Aug 16

Farm Kings Thank GAC Fans for Supporting Special Olympics

Thank you viewers for participating in Thursday night’s Farm Kings promotion, benefiting Special Olympics of Pennsylvania!

Farm Kings Ben and Lisa thank GAC viewers for participating in the social media campaign that benefitted Special Olympics of Pennsylvania.

Farm Kings Ben and Mom Lisa thank their GAC fans.

To coincide with Thursday night’s episode of Farm Kings, viewers were asked to check in to the show’s page on, a social networking site for television fans. For every check-in, GAC offered to donate one dollar to Special Olympics Pennsylvania. Thanks to the enthusiast response, GAC is donating $5,000 to the organization.

Along with the King family, we thank you for joining us to make a difference!


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Aug 14

Farm Kings and GAC Help Special Olympics…and you can too!

Farm Kings Hold Miss Freedom Farms Contest

Photo courtesy of the King family.

In Thursday night’s episode of Farm Kings, Mom Lisa Kingdecides to hold an event for young girls with special needs. Freedom Farms, the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania contestants of Miss America teamed up to host an event at the King’s home market.

Here’s how you can help: Check in to Farm Kings on to “Collect the Kings” on Thursday to unlock this week’s sticker, Ben King

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Jul 11

Farm Kings Son Ben Writes a School Report on His Family’s GAC Series

Ben King from Farm Kings

Ben King from the GAC series, Farm Kings.

In Season 1 of Farm Kings, fans got to know the youngest King, Ben. Born with Down syndrome, Ben is doted on by the whole King family. However, no one treats him differently because he has special needs and he is right there working alongside his brothers in the fields. In the episode of Farm Kings airing today at 5/4c, the King family goes on a ski vacation. You’ll see a heartwarming moment between Ben and “Mama Bear” Lisa as she encourages him to try something new – skiing!

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Before summer vacation started, Ben had to write a report for school. He wrote about his new favorite show – Farm Kings, of course:

Ben King letter page 1 Continue Reading


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Jun 14

Top 20 Heads to the CMA Music Festival

Nan Kelley & Lauren Alaina

Top 20 Country Countdown host Nan Kelley with Lauren Alaina at the HGTV Lodge during the CMA Music Festival.

GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown is right in the middle of all the CMA Music Festival action this week! Host Nan Kelley hangs out at the HGTV Lodge where she catches up with Kip Moore, Lauren Alaina, Brett Eldredge, David Nail, Phil Vassar and Casey James. Plus, The Farm Kings drop by to talk Season 2 and a very special wish is granted to a GAC fan!

See photos from the HGTV Lodge >>

Top 20 Photo Gallery »

On the countdown, will Blake Shelton continue to rule the top of the chart with “Boys ‘Round Here” or will Pistol Annies, Tate Stevens or someone else dethrone him at the top of the chart? Tune in tonight at 8/7c for all the action from CMA Music Festival and this week’s Top 20 videos, chosen by you! Full schedule »

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Head over to our Top 20 section for videos, photos and more! You can also catch Top 20 Extras, cast your votes, and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land. Visit Top 20 »


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